Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Specimen Art with Hearts!

I know, I know, specimen art is all over blog-land. Even still, I wanted to try one out. I have so much "stuff" in my studio (doesn't it crack you up that people call their craft rooms, studios these days!) that I knew that this could be a craft that I could make without having to run to Micheals! A while back I had bought three of these frames when they were 50% off at Micheals. They have been sitting in the garage, and to be honest, I have felt guilty for buying these frames and not using them yet.
I knew that I wanted to make the specimen art with hearts. So, I pulled out the trusty Cricut and one of my favorite fonts, Simply Sweet.
I chose three different patterned papers to make the art with. I then cut 12, 2 inch hearts out of each patterned paper.
After cutting the hearts out, I stacked the three patterned hearts together and I pulled out the trusty sewing machine...
and I sewed straight down the center of each set of hearts.
I stitched the hearts without cutting the thread, to end up with a heart garland. I cut the strings to separate the hearts.
I then, "fluffed" the hearts to give them dimension and to show off the patterned paper on the hearts. 
I then lined up the hearts on the white paper that I covered the front of the glass in the frame with. Oh, before I covered the glass, I took red thread and made a border on the paper by sewing the border on the sewing machine. I eye-balled the hearts onto the paper and attched them with glue dots. 
I think it turned out pretty cute! 
This was a really fast, really simple and really cheap craft project! I love the way the single mint green heart looks with the red hearts! :) 
I do love the dimension of the hearts on the frame.  
Instead of the "12th" heart, I cut the word love out of the same cartridge and put it in place of the last heart.

Have a great Wednesday!

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35 comments:

  1. Very Cute! I am going to definitely feature this next week. Thanks for linking up at Trendy Treehouse.

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  2. This is sooooo cute! I have to try some specimen art myself.

    Would love it if you would link up at my party!

    http://lifeinmypjs.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,

    ~Ela

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  3. Thanks ladies! Ela~ I just posted a bunch of fun ideas to your blog!

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  4. That is very cute and it turned out so nice! I'm adding this one to my to do list!

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  5. Love it! How did you attach the white paper to the glass? Is it permanent or can you change it out?

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  6. Super cute! I love it!

    ~Chelsea

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  7. Thanks everyone! I had fun making this. Sharon~ I just cut the white butcher paper about a half inch bigger than the glass, then wrapped it around the edges and used a glue dot in each corner to hold the paper. So, yes, the paper can be taken off.

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  8. thank you for linking up!!! i just LOVE the look of you blog!!!
    xoxoxo
    Keren

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  9. I think I missed something... I absolutely love this project but I can't see how the hearts can be dimensionable with the glass on top? please help lol

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  10. Hi Cindy~ I wrapped the white paper on top of the glass. Sorry, I should have been a bit more clear about that. I just wrapped the glass like a present with the paper. This way the hearts are on top of the glass! Hopefully this helps!

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  11. Looks great. I just did a butterfly one. Question - I put the glass back on the frame. Am I correct that you did not?

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  12. Hi Carmie~ I did the hearts on top of the glass. I wrapped the glass with white butcher paper and then added the hearts. I knew I wanted the hearts to be dimensional, so I worked on top of the glass. Thanks!

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  13. WOW!!! You kill me with your creativity!!!! LOVE IT!!!! Seems so simple! Now to find the time!! Great job! Thanks for the inspiration!! ~Scot

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  14. Ahhh Shucks Scot! It took 15 minutes to make this - you have the time! Thanks for the compliment...but I am only second to you! :)

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  15. Ummmm, yeah, 15 minutes if you know how to sew!!!!

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  16. Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree. I love your spin on specimen art, layering and stitching the hearts make it extra special and I also really like the frames you used too.

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  17. i saw this at sew much ado, very simple. i like that.

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  18. Ahhh, I instantly fell in love with this "specimen" art! I did not make this last year, but I made heart garland (which I'll be blogging about next week) last year by cutting out hearts with my cricut and then running them through my sewing machine! Love this project so much that I featured it today on Sew Woodsy! I like the dimension you gave to the hearts!!!

    http://sewwoodsy.blogspot.com/2011/01/fridays-features.html

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  19. well I'm glad I found your blog through my romantic home:)...... I love your projects and feel like I would and could make something like this:)..... thanks for inspiring me:)....
    I've followed your blog and look forward to more:))...maybe you can stop by my blog for a visit:))....
    kisses:)...
    M...

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  20. Oh my goodness, so very cute. I have been wanting to do a butterfly specimen one for my daughter's room. I think I will have to make one of these too. I love your technique for making them three dimensional.

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  21. Great idea! Thanks for joining Get your craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

    I'm having a Valentine Party that will be up up until 2-14-11. I would love for you to join me!
    http://lifeaslori.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentine-party.html
    Lori

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  22. Would love for you to add this to my link party: www.thetreasurist.blogspot.com Just click on Thursday Treasures link at top of page.

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  23. Oh I love hearts and I just love the way this turned out. I might have to look into getting a Cricut...never thought I would have a use for one.

    xox
    Nancy

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  24. I'm back ☺ and wanted to tell you I featured this in Thursday's new A Crafty Soiree.

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  25. I have a specimen art obsession. I love your twist on this. I'm now a follower through craftomaniac. I'd love it if you would swing by my blog!

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

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  26. SO ADORABLE. Totally love it! great GREAT JOB! jen

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  27. I love these hearts. So fun! One of your newest followers!

    Blessings to you!
    Holly
    http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com

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  28. This is such an amazing project!! I would love it if you linked to our Valentine Party! http://paperissues.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentines-day-party.html

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  29. I think it turned out gosh darn cute too! I'm featuring it on this "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. Hop on over and grab a button because you deserve it :D

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  30. Love it!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  31. Love this! I included this in a Valentine Round Up on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Holly
    http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentine-inspiration-love-around-house.html

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